April 30, 2008

Desire to play in NFL pushed Slaton

Steve Slaton said a lifelong desire to play in the National Football League pushed him into the draft more than anything else on Tuesday.

Preparing for a Houston Texans rookie orientation on May 8-11, WVU's all-time leading touchdown scorer (50) and fourth-place Heisman candidate said, "I think Coach (Calvin) Magee going--that's part of the reason. I had been with Coach Magee for three years, and going in there with another running back coach, he had to start over with me from point one--what I know, what I don't know. Every coach has his own ways. But the biggest reason among them all is to play in the NFL. That's my dream," No. 10 said.

Slaton's departure from a school that he helped put on the national college football map has been bittersweet. He announced that he was foregoing his senior season at West Virginia soon after the 2007-08 season ended. His season ended in frustration when he carried the ball little in the upset loss to Pitt and then came out in the first few plays of the Fiesta Bowl with an injury.

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